One year after the tragic death of her husband in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa State, Dame Amina Yakowa, widow of former Kaduna State governor, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, yesterday disclosed that life had been most challenging and full of physical and emotional trauma.
“The past one year was the most challenging in my entire 60 years of existence. It has
been full of physical and emotional trauma”, she was quoted as saying.
Mrs. Yakowa spoke yesterday at the thanksgiving mass in
honour of her late husband held at St. John’s Catholic Church, Tafawa Balewa Way, Kaduna.
According to the former Kaduna State First Lady, something very simple could easily trigger a painful wave of emotion, “but in every of these situations, God was always there for us and I now understand why God said we should give Him thanks and praise in every situation”.
Recalling her experience at the news of the death of her husband, she said, “My brothers and sisters, God is worthy to be praised! On that fateful day of December 15, 2012, at 1pm when I received the news of the death of my husband, my first request to God in prayer was His sufficient Grace. This Grace that He has given me has sustained me and the entire family throughout the year.
“That Saturday, was the darkest day of my life and it seemed as if the life of the entire family had come to an end. Our light was completely put out. It was like a wall shielding us had collapsed, but God reminded me that He is present, active and in – charge.
“Whatever challenges, pain, trials and tribulations we are faced with right now, Jesus is not only with us, He is within us. When we cast our burden on Him and remember the words of St. Paul in Rom. 8:38-39, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor power, nor height, nor depths, nor any other creature will separate us from the love of God in Christ. In the course of these 12 months, many scriptures have given me hope and I will forever find my comfort in the word of God”, Mrs. Yakowa said.